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Prayer

Prayer is a central part of our Christian distinctiveness at school. Children are taught about what prayer is and given opportunities each day to engage in collective prayer, reflection and silent prayer and their own personal prayer if they choose to. Children often choose to pause and offer a prayer in their class reflection areas or our central school prayer area.

Big Questions Exploration and Prayer

This term Rev Alison and Hannah Tarring, together with some staff, will be exploring some of the children's 'BIG QUESTIONS' with them on Monday lunch times on the following dates:

  • Monday 4th November
  • Tuesday 19th November
  • Monday 25th November
  • Tuesday 17th December

We hope you can pop in and join us between 12 and 1. You are welcome to explore with us!

If you have any prayer requests please post them in the post box in the main entrance. We will pray about all requests received during worship and in our Big Questions Exploration and Prayer sessions. If you wish your request to remain confidential, please make this clear. These requests will be passed directly to Rev Alison for her personal prayer.

So what is Prayer?

Talking to God about anything on your mind.

Why do Christians pray?

Christians believe God hears and answer prayers. God says: “Call to me and I will answer you” Jeremiah 33:3

Who can pray?

Anyone and at any time!

What can I pray for?

  • We can thank God for good things.
  • We can praise him for the great things he has done, the world he has created and anything else!
  • We can say sorry when we get things wrong.
  • We can talk to him about things that trouble us.
  • We can ask God to help us or ask him for things we need.

Where can I pray?

Anywhere and at any time. You don’t need to be in worship or in church. You don’t need to close your eyes or put your hands together. Christians believe God hears us wherever we are and whenever we speak to him.

When you aren't sure what to pray

Here are a few simple prayers that you could use to pray for yourself, your friends or your family. Each is introduced with a verse from the Bible.

Saying sorry - Colossions 3:13 'Forgive one another as the Lord has forgiven you'

Dear Lord Jesus, I am sorry for the times that I get it wrong. Please help me to have the courage to get it right, to show compassion to others just like you did. Amen


Feeling lonely - Joshua 1:9 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God goes with you wherever you go.


Loving God, I feel lonely and a little lost. Please be close to me and send people to be close to me and take care of me. Amen


Feeling thankful - Psalm 86:12 'I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.'

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for everything you give to us. For our friends, our families, our food and our homes. Amen


Feeling sad or worried
- 1 Peter 5:7 'Cast all your cares on him, for he cares for you.'

Dear God, thank you know and understand everything, even when I feel frightened or sad. Help me to trust you because you love me and have promised to be with me always. Amen.


Feeling poorly
- Isaiah 41:10 ' "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.'

I feel poorly, Lord. Please help me to feel better soon. Help me not to be worried but to trust in you. Amen


At mealtimes - James 1:17 'Every good and perfect gift is from above'

Thank you Lord for all the good things you give us. Thank you for our food. Help us enjoy it! Amen


At bedtime
- Psalm 121:5-6 'The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.'


Dear Lord, keep me safe while I sleep and help me have a good rest with happy dreams. Amen


Our School Prayer

Dear Lord

Help us in this school to be patient, loving and kind.

Help us to think of others and not hurt them by the things we say or do.

Help us always to tell the truth and do what we know is right.

Amen.


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.

Amen.


Class Prayers written by the children

Reception

Dear Lord,

We are hopeful for a happy and fun start to school.

We hope to make lots of new friends and we thank you

for our beautiful school.

Amen

Year 1

Dear Lord,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a good education. Thank you for giving us the strength to get through our work and day even when things get hard. Encourage us to make the right choices and to be the best we can be. Please forgive us if we make some mistakes. Help us to follow our core school values; to be compassionate, to show respect, to be courageous in all we do and to be humble.

Amen.

Year 2

Dear Lord,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a good education. Thank you for giving us the strength to get through our work and day even when things get hard. Encourage us to make the right choices and to be the best we can be. Please forgive us if we make some mistakes. Help us to follow our core school values; to be compassionate, to show respect, to be courageous in all we do and to be humble.

Amen.

Year 3

Dear God,

Thank you for helping us be good learners in school so that we can get ready for the future. Help us to be kind to others so that we can nourish our relationships and develop great friendships. We hope for happiness and for our potential and dreams to be realised. We hope that our futures will be will be bright as you guide us through our journey of adventures in life.

Year 4

Dear God

Thank you for the gift of friendship as this helps us to feel joyful. Thank you for the opportunity to learn lots of new things at school because it will help us get ready for the future. We hope that our futures will be bright as you guide us through our journey of adventures in life.

Amen

Year 5

Dear Lord

We thank you for our wonderful world that we live and love in.

Help us to have a brighter future with a light to lead us through the dark.

Help us to use your light to help and guide all living things in need

Amen

Year 6

Dear Lord

I know you have amazing plans for me

Help me to walk in your light and life with faith

Help us to live a happy, hopeful life.

Help us have a life filled with love

Let my future be a happy place

Laughter filling the air

Let our dreams never leave us

Let our hope always stay with us

Amen


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